I was aware of some new bluetooth support in iOS 7 but Apple Notification Center Service (ANCS) has completely flown under the radar for me.
The purpose of the Apple Notification Center Service (ANCS) is to give Bluetooth accessories (that connect to iOS devices through a Bluetooth low-energy link) a simple and convenient way to access many kinds of notifications that are generated on iOS devices.
The ANCS is designed around three principles: simplicity, efficiency and scalability. As a result, accessories ranging from simple LEDs to powerful “companion” devices with large displays can find the service useful.
Combined with Application State Preservation and Restoration, developers can create apps that run in background, exchange data with Bluetooth peripherals without the need of user intervention.
I completely miss this!
Really, too smoke for not having a new Apple smart device really soon…
WWDC 2013 - Designing Accessories for iOS and OS X - Session 700
WWDC 2013 - Core Bluetooth - Session 703
Bluetooth SIG press release on Apple iOS and OS X Updates
Apple unlocks full Notification Center access & much more for Bluetooth LE devices in iOS 7
iOS 7 feature focus: Expanded Bluetooth adds support for companion devices, introduces iBeacons